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Section A: Consciousness Studies
 Ram Dass -- Home page for the pioneer psychedelic researcher and spiritual teacher. Includes books and audio-tapes available and updates on his medical status and recovery from stroke.

Bert Hellinger and Family Constellations Therapy

This is the English language website for the work of the internationally acclaimed, as well as controversial, German family systems therapist. The Bert Hellinger Approach for systemic solutions with families and organizations has rapidly caught worldwide interest. Now in more than 25 countries consultants, therapists, and other practitioners of family and organization constellations are working with the Hellinger Approach. Ralph Metzner's translation of and introduction to one of Hellinger's books is On Life and Other Paradoxes. This website lists Hellinger's books, videos, and workshops, as well as a directory of practicioners of his approach.

Lucid Dreaming and the Work of Stephen LaBerge
Lucid dreaming, dreaming while conscious, is one of the most exciting areas of research in altered states of consciousness. It has historical antecedents in the "dream yoga" of Tibetan Buddhism. One of the pioneer
researchers in modern times on lucid dreaming is Stephen LaBerge, who has developed techniques, and apparatus, for increasing lucidity while dreaming, and written several books on the subject (Lucid Dreaming, and Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming).

The John E. Mack Institute explores the ways in which perceptions and beliefs about reality shape the human condition. Our Research, Clinical, and Educational initiatives examine the nature of reality and experience while providing a safe environment for healing discoveries. Our aim is to apply this emerging knowledge to pressing psychological, spiritual and cultural issues. The Institute is named in recognition of the recently deceased Dr John Mack, acclaimed researcher in anomalous experiences, author of Abduction and Passport to the Cosmos, and other works, who was Professor of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School.

Near-Death Experiences (NDE)
A near-death experience, where a person is clinically dead for a brief time and enters into a transpersonal, mystical realm, is one of the most profoundly life-changing experiences known. In the past two decades there has been a dramatic increase in the frequency of reported NDEs, possibly due to improved life-saving medical technology. Numerous books and research articles , especially those of Raymond Moody and Kenneth Ring, have been published. And first-person accounts of NDEs regularly appear and often become best-sellers. This is the official website of the International Association of Near-Death Studies (IANDS).

Pre- and Perinatal Psychology
This is the website of the Association for Pre- & Perinatal Psychology and Health, an organization of professionals dealing with the impact of birth and prenatal life on psychological development. This includes therapists working with adults, and children, to resolve trauma resulting from birth and prenatal factors; as well as obstetricians, midwives and childbirth educators who seek to ameliorate the impact of adverse birth practices and advocate more conscious and spiritual approaches. There are conferences, journals, books, films and trainings.

Sound, Rhythm and Consciousness
Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention (REI) is a music-medicine organization focussing on the effects of musical rhythm on the nervous system, and in the treatment of various neurological deficits such as ADD, ADHD, autism, and learning disorders. The REI Institute, founded by Jeff Strong, has conducted years of research on the therapeutic effects of rhythmic music on the nervous system, learning and concentration. CDs and training workshops are offered through the Institute.

Rupert Sheldrake, Morphogenetic Fields and Animal Telepathy
Rupert Sheldrake is the brilliant and innovative English biologist, inventor of the theory of morphogenetic fields and author of A New Science of Life, The Presence of the Past, The Rebirth of Nature, Trialogues at the Edge of the West and The Evolutionary Mind (both with Ralph Abraham and Terence McKenna); and Natural Grace: Dialogues on Science and Spirituality and The Physics of Angels (both with Matthew Fox). His most recent research and writings are concerned with telepathy and paranormal abilities in animals and humans: his book Dogs that Know When Their Owners are Coming Home, and Other Unexplained Powers of Animals (1999), is a sequel to his best-selling Seven Experiments that Could Change the World (1994); and most recently The Sense of Being Stared At, And Other Aspects of the Extended Mind (Hutchinson 2003). His site includes invitations to participate in public telepathy experiments.

Brian Swimme and Center for the Story of the Universe
Brian Swimme is a cosmologist, professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and co-author, with "geologian" Thomas Berry, of the ground-breaking presentation of the new cosmology, The Story of the Universe. He writes: "The cosmological discovery that shatters nearly everything upon which the modern age was built is the discovery that the Universe came into existence 13.7 billion years ago and is so biased toward complexification that life and intelligence are now seen to be a nearly inevitable construction of evolutionary dynamics. Our new challenge is to reinvent our civilization. The major institutions of the modern period, including that of agriculture and religion and education and economics, need to be re-imagined within an intelligent, self-organizing, living Universe, so that instead of degrading the Earth's life systems, humanity might learn to join the enveloping community of living beings in a mutually enhancing manner."

Russell Targ - Remote Viewing and Spiritual Healing
Russell Targ is a physicist and author who was a pioneer in the development of the laser, and cofounder of the Stanford Research Institute's investigation into psychic abilities in the 1970s and 1980s. He is co-author of Mind Reach: Scientists Look at Psychic Abilities, The Mind Race: Understanding and Using Psychic Abilities, Miracles of Mind: Remote Viewing and Spiritual Healing, The Heart of the Mind; How to Experience God Without Belief; and most recently, Limitless Mind: A Guide to Remote Viewing and Transformation of Consciousness. He conducts workshops and trainings in Remote Viewing and its applications in healing and transformations of consciousness.

Charles Tart -- Well-known psychologist and author on altered states of consciousness, psychedelic drug states, parapsychology and spiritual grown, especially Gurdjieff's approach.

Section B: Psychoactives: Pharmacology, Psychology and Politics

Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics -- founded and directed by Richard Glen Boire, an attorney who previously published The Entheogen Law Reporter, the CCLE (formerly the Alchemind Society) is devoted to the advancement of the fundamental human right to control one's own consciousness, including the judicious use of psychedelics. Their mission is to develop and advance social policies that preserve and enhance freedom of thought into the 21st century.

Cognition Enhancement Research Institute -- CERI is an organization devoted to research and information on nootropics, "smart drugs", substances that enhance memory, concentration and the like. They publish a newsletter Smart Life News and have up-to-date information on such benign yet controversial substances as GHB.

Council on Spiritual Practices --
founded by Bob Jesse, CSP is an organization devoted to bringing knowledge of entheogenic spiritual experience into mainstream American churches and religious organizations.

Drug Reform Coordination Network -- This is a web-based network devoted to drug policy reform. They have an extensive drug and reform library as well as a weekly net-newsletter describing legislative and reform activities. Very useful.

Eleusis - Is a private, not-for-profit foundation dedicated to both clinical and research application of Ketamine-enhance psychotherapy. In the clinical area, the center specializes in the treatment of alcohol, drug and food addictions. Planned research activities include evaluating the efficacy of Ketamine-enhanced psychotherapy for recovery from the above addictions and for treatment of existential and psychospiritual problems. Eleusis is founded and directed by Eli Kolp, MD, a physician who advocates bio-psycho-socio-spiritual psychiatry and preventive medicine.

Erowid - This is an online database, with 1700 pages of information on entheogens, psychoactives, herbs, pharmaceuticals, drugs, spirituality and religion, freedom & law, culture & life.

Fungi Perfecti - This is the online version of Paul Stamets' superb guide to growing and cultivating gourmet and medicinal mushrooms. The hallucinogenic psilocybe mushrooms are of course illegal and cannot be obtained here. However, there are numerous wonderful photos of these and all kinds of mushrooms. Books, seminars, kits, etc. available. Check it out.

The Heffter Research Institute - This is a non-profit institute devoted to high-quality scientific and medical research on psychedelics, both in the US and internationally. Founding directors include David Nichols, Ph.D., Charles Grob, M.D., Dennis McKenna, Ph.D., Mark Geyer, Ph.D., George Greer, M.D. and others.

The Albert Hofmann Foundation - Named after the Swiss chemist who discovered the LSD molecule as well as identifying the active principle in the Mexican "magic mushroom", this is an organization devoted to archiving and disseminating information on psychedelics.

The Ibogaine Dossier - This is a site devoted entirely to information and research on ibogaine, which is being investigated as a possible treatment for drug addiction. Ibogaine is derived from the root bark of a Central African plant, Tabernanthe iboga., which is used in the religious ceremonies of the Bwiti cult in Gabon and Congo.

Drug Policy Alliance - The Drug Policy Alliance is a merger of two previously separate organizations active in the field of drug policy reform -- The Lindesmith Center and the Drug Policy Foundation. DPA is the nation's leading organization working to end the war on drugs and promote new drug policies based on common sense, science, public health and human rights.

The Lycaeum - billing itself as "the world's largest entheogenic library and community", Lycaeum is a truly vast resource web-based network on all aspects of psychoactive (entheogenic) substances and plants, from chemistry and pharmacology, to psychology and medicine, to sociology and politics.

Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies -- MAPS, founded by Rick Doblin, is a non-profit membership organization devoted to furthering basic and applied research in psychedelic drugs and plant extracts. They publish a quarterly bulletin describing current and ongoing projects.

Stanton Peele and the Non-Disease Model of Addiction
Stanton Peele is a foremost proponent of a non-medical approach to addiction and its treatment. He is the author of The Meaning of Addiction and 7 Tools to Beat Addiction, and presents workshops on the nature and treatment of substance abuse and other addictions. He covers cultural and social determinants of addiction, a general model of addiction, natural recovery in addiction, harm reduction treatment, motivational interviewing, brief interventions, skills training, returning clients to the community, and related topics.

Pharmacology and Psychology of Ecstasy (MDMA)
This is a very comprehensive website offering detailed information on MDMA, -- its history as a psychotherapy-assisting empathogenic drug, and as as the countercultural rave-drug Ecstasy. Includes data on neurotoxicity, neuroprotection, and speculations on the "molecular machinery of magic" and "mental health in the third millenium.

Peter Dale Scott - The Drug War and Covert Politics.
Peter Dale Scott is a former Canadian diplomat and English Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, is a poet, writer, and researcher. He was a co-founder of the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at UC Berkeley, and of the Coalition on Political Assassinations (COPA). He is highly regarded for his deeply insightful writings on the hidden role of the drug war in American politics. His prose books include Crime and Cover-Up: The CIA, the Mafia, and the Dallas-Watergate Connection, The Iran-Contra Connection, Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies, and the CIA in Central America, and Drugs Oil and War (2003). He is also the author of several books of epic poetry on political/historical themes.

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